TexasIsHot – Energy Efficiency

TexasIsHot’s 2010 Energy Pledge – Use Less, Save More!

“A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.” While this is just a pithy quote, resolutions do typically tend to wane as the months go on. But if every Texan pledges to make just a few changes in their daily energy use, it can add up to big savings for families and businesses across the state.The average household spends more than $2,200 a year on energy bills — nearly half of which goes to heating and cooling. Take the 2010 TexasIsHot Energy Pledge and start saving today! In 2010, resolve to:

  • Replace your five most frequently used light bulbs with ENERGY STAR qualified CFLsThis can save at least $70 per year.
  • Install a programmable thermostatSave about $180 a year by properly setting your programmable thermostats and maintaining those settings.
  • Learn about smart meter technologyProviders across the state are working to give us more control over our energy use.
  • Keep up with your filtersThis includes changing your air filter, at a minimum, every 3 months. A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you warm or cool — wasting energy. Also change the lint filter in the dryer after every load to improve air circulation.
  • Unplug your appliancesIn the average home, 75% of the electricity used to power home electronics and appliances is consumed while the products are turned off.
  • Replace at least one appliance with an ENERGY STAR rated modelAppliances and home electronics are responsible for about 20% of your energy bills. Change to appliances that have earned the ENERGY STAR, and you can save $75 a year in energy costs. See April appliance rebate program for more savings.
  • Keep your “ducts” in a rowDucts that move air to-and-from a forced air furnace, central air conditioner, or heat pump are often big energy wasters. Sealing and insulating ducts can improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system by as much as 20 percent — and sometimes much more.
  • Take advantage of energy audits and rebatesA home energy audit is the first step to assess how much energy your home consumes and to evaluate what measures you can take to make your home more energy efficient. You can perform a simple energy audit yourself, or have a professional energy auditor carry out a more thorough audit. Contact your electric provider to find out what energy efficiency discounts and rebates are available to you. From appliance rebates and tax credits, make sure you take advantage of the available incentives.

BRRR! Texas has definitely not been hot lately, resulting in record breaking winter energy demand.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, grid operator formost of the state, set a new winter record of 55,856 megawatts (MW) during 7-8 a.m. on Friday, January 8, exceeding the old record by almost 5,500 MW. One megawatt typically powers about 500 average homes during average conditions. ERCOT’s all-time summer peak demand is 63,400 MW, which occurred on July 13, 2009. This only underscores our pledge above – we all need to do our part to decrease demand!


Direct Energy, Whirlpool Corporation, Best Buy, Lennox, OpenPeak Launch “Home Energy Manager” Prototype for ConsumerPrototype of the Home Energy Manager (HEM), unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show, tells consumers how much energy they are using, which appliances are consuming the most and how much it is costing.

The HEM features a touch-screen dashboard, with an iPhone-like interface, that allows users to program their appliances to run at certain times and to avoid energy consumption during peak periods. It also provides access to news, social networking, music and movie applications. —> Learn more.

  • "“As the Texas population continues to grow, so will our energy consumption needs. We must have tools that empower the consumer to choose their products and monitor their usage wisely. TexasIsHot.org is a great resource, which is exactly what Texans need in today’s deregulated market.”" - State Rep. Burt Solomons (R-Carrollton), Chairman of House State Affairs Committee
  • "In order to meet our goals, we need programs like the TexasIsHot campaign to help change the way people think about energy." - State Sen. Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay), Chairman of Senate Natural Resources Committee
  • "Texas leads the nation in wind power because it makes money, not because it makes us feel better. Texans are a practical, penny-wise people who I think will be happy to learn how to save a few bucks on their power bills with the common-sense advice at TexasIsHot.org."-Jerry Patterson, Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office
  • "If every Texas household adopted just a few of the dozens of energy efficiency strategies referenced on TexasIsHot.org, our air would be cleaner, our limited supply of natural resources would be better protected, and our wallets would be heavier..." Kip Averitt (R-Waco), Former State Senator and Chairman of Senate Committee on Natural Resources
  • ”The TexasIsHot campaign targets an important piece of the clean energy effort -- educating Texans on the way we use electricity and quantifying the financial and environmental costs associated with our use. By just reducing the amount of electricity we use and waste, TexasIsHot.org can show people how to save money..." State Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Austin)
  • "Fluctuating energy costs are really hurting Texas families and businesses, but by just making a few easy changes, Texans can cut down on energy waste. TexasIsHot.org is a tremendous resource which arms consumers with the information they need to save themselves money by becoming more energy efficient, and help our environment." State Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston)
  • "Texas is the third fastest growing state in the nation with a net growth of 1,000 people each and every day. This brings many challenges including providing clean and affordable electricity. That is why I'm excited about TexasIsHot.org. This website is an instructional resource that will help Texans save on their energy bills at home and in the workplace..." State Rep. Phil King (R-Weatherford)
  • "Now, more than ever, Texans need to work together to conserve energy and to make more efficient use of the energy we consume. The TexasIsHot.org website is an extraordinary resource for people who want to save money and help conserve our precious natural resources..." State Rep. Rafael Anchía (D-Dallas)
  • "By partnering with the TexasIsHot Coalition we can extend our effort’s reach, leverage our resources, and ensure that Austin’s energy grid continues to be a test-bed for technologies, products, and services that will transform our state’s energy system." Brewster McCracken, Executive Director, Pecan Street Project
  • "The City of Houston is working harder than ever to make Houston green and energy efficient, but we need the help of every citizen. I would encourage everyone to take a moment to explore the TexasIsHot website to learn what we can all do to make Houston, and the rest of Texas, the green and energy efficient example for the rest of the nation." Mayor Annise Parker, Houston
  • "Energy efficiency is one of our top priorities. Partnering with the TexasIsHot Coalition will help us educate citizens and local businesses about energy-efficient practices in order to meet our goal of reducing residential and commercial electric use." Gavin Dillingham, Chief of Sustainable Growth – General Services Department, for the City of Houston
  • "We are excited about the new partnership that the City of Corpus Christi has entered into with the TexasIsHot Coalition. TexasIsHot.org provides a platform to educate policy makers, city employees and citizens on how to save money and help the environment by conserving energy..." Mayor Joe Adame, Corpus Christi
  • "I am excited that the City of Corpus Christi has joined the TexasIsHot Coalition and look forward to working with them to help Texans become smarter energy users. Energy efficiency is by far the best way for people to reduce their bills and help the environment, but we need education and outreach to make this happen." State Rep. Solomon Ortiz, Jr (D-Corpus Christi)
  • "Because of its fast growth and hot summers, Texas has to get smarter about energy conservation. I applaud the efforts of Corpus Christi and TexasIsHot to help businesses and residents reap the benefits of increased efficiency." Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (D-McAllen)
  • "Energy efficiency is the cleanest, quickest and cheapest way to get smart about energy use, saving both money and the environment. I applaud the TexasIsHot Coalition in their effort to educate Texans about the benefits of energy efficiency..." Luke Metzger, Director, Environment Texas
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